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night. there's lots to add to what you see on this show, we're very proud of maddowblog.msnbc.com. time to go. president obama announces he's bringing tens of thousands of u.s. troops home from afghanistan. minot misery. residents of flood ridden north dakota are told to head to higher ground. and wild ride. some pint sized cowpokes prove themselves inside the rodeo ring. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with drawing down. last night president obama
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addressed the nation, unveiling his plan for the next steps in the war in afghanistan. it's a proposal that will have thousands of troops coming home from the nearly decade old conflict. for more on this, we go to nbc's tracie potts. she's in washington for us. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. keep in mind the pentagon had advised against a quick draw down, but president obama says this war has got to come to a responsible end. with the american economy in mind, president obama says the war in afghanistan is coming to an end beginning next month. >> we have spent $1 trillion on war at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. it is time to focus on nation building here at home. >> reporter: his plan, 10,000 troops out by the end of this year, 33,000 total by next summer. it's a more aggressive pullout than military advisers wanted, but even some democrats aren't
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satisfied. >> we've got a deficit issue. you want to save a third of $1 trillion, get this war over soon. we need that money back here in the united states. >> 70,000 american troops have to stay there so one faction of afghans can be equal to another. i don't understand that. >> reporter: the remaining troops who could be there until 2014 are needed, analysts say, to protect america's interests in the region. >> primarily it's western pakistan and yemen, and we hope to keep them out of afghanistan, like we have for the last nine years. >> reporter: as for al qaeda, president obama says it's weakened. its leader is gone, half its top commanders have been taken out -- victories that allow the u.s. to rehe focus on problems at home. now, with a smaller military there, diplomacy will take on an even greater role, and we'll get an update on that today with secretary of state hillary clinton, talking about our relationships are afghanistan and pakistan. lynn? >> tracie potts there for us in washington. tracie, thanks.
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so what was the reaction on capitol hill to president obama's speech? last night on the "rachel maddow show," house armed services committee chair john garamendi weighed in on the options. >> i think the president missed out on an important opportunity to pivot. the successful killing of bin laden was a pivot point to move after the original strategy of going after the terrorists, wherever they happen to be in the world. instead, we're mired down in a very long-term horizon of nation building and fighting in the middle of a five-way civil war in afghanistan. it is a no win policy, and it's going to cost us an enormous amount of blood, men and women maimed, and an enormous amount of money. it's going to go on for a long time. it's a civil war, not just one group against another, but five or six different groups all fighting each other for position in afghanistan where there never was a strong central government but rather some sort of an alliance between the various
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strong groups that existed, both ethnic, regional, and the like. that has to get under way, and we need to do it right away, and we need to focus on the terrorists. where are they? they're in yemen. they're in somalia. they're in the united states. and we've got to focus where the real danger is. >> don't miss "the rachel maddow show" week nights at 9:00 eastern here on msnbc, the place for politics. now to a desperate situation in north dakota. residents in minot have been told to leave or else. this as the swollen souris river shows in signs of letting up, and now thousands of people watch and wait for historic floodwaters that the army corps of engineers say are inevitable and unstoppable. reporting from minot, here's nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: the sound minot's flood weary residents have been dreading -- sirens signaling an emergency and mandatory evacuation from low-lying parts of the city.
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brother and sister harlan and carmey baines struggle to move their possessions out of the family home. >> it's an empty feelinged in. it's like, okay, you salvage what you can, but tomorrow's going to be another day. we'll be here to clean up. >> we can rebuild. >> reporter: some 11,000 people, a full quarter of the town's population, heading for higher ground. >> with all the dike work we've had done, i just never imagined that i'd ever see the river like this again. >> reporter: but this latest flooding, the mayor says, will be catastrophic. >> i don't think we really know how long this is going to last, and i don't think we know exactly how much water is coming at us. >> reporter: for weeks, minot has battled the swollen souris river, which winds its way in and out of north dakota and canada. massive snow melt and heavy rains have the souris running at record highs. 500 national guard troops are here trying to hold it back. >> water is reaching the top of the levees in several areas. >> reporter: with water already surging into minot, the souris
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is expected to rise a full eight feet higher than the last great flood here in 1869. >> it's a very close knit community. they do hang together. they do take care of their neighbors. they'll do it again. >> reporter: now all the people of minot can do is watch and wait as the water rises. they are powerless to stop it. >> that was nbc's kevin tibbles reporting. here's your first look at some of the other news going on around america. an apparent tornado tore through the famous site of the kentucky derby yesterday. the twister formed in the wake of powerful thunderstorms in the louisville area damaging several buildings at churchill downs. track workers successfully moved all the horses to safety before that storm touched down. luckily, there were no injuries reported. an intercontinental ballistic missile lit up the skies over california wednesday morning. air force officials launched the unarmed missile at van denburg air force base to test its
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flight capability and accuracy. according to a military statement, the missile did reach its target 4,200 miles away in the marshall islands. and in fairbanks, alaska, what's believed to be a first in a 106-year-old tradition, the midnight sun baseball game had to be suspended due to darkness and bad weather. the unique game is played annually on the longest day of the year. and finally, the annual mutton busting competition turned into a bumpy ride for a few wranglers in the making. kiddie competitors cling to the sheep, holding on as long as they could. the event featured a number of nasty spills, but all the youngsters were able to shake off the dust with smiles on their faces. talk about troopers. now for a look at your national weather, we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins. he has the weather channel forecast. bill, good morning. >> share in good fun. >> exactly. i bet junior is going to be
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right there behind them. yesterday we had a lot of rain and we continue to deal with thunderstorms today. some locations could even deal with severe weather. as far as the rainfall totals from yesterday, finally, texas, we got the rainfall we needed. we're not out of the drought by any means, but at least it was a start. a little over an inch in san antonio, near an inch in houston. new orleans, we had almost .5 inch. even atlanta got it. where we don't need a lot of wet weather, we got it too. minneapolis, almost two inches yesterday, along with our friends in boston. new york city even had a storm blow through yesterday evening. today things are start to go look a little bit better. we still have the rain off the texas coast. now we notice it's offshore. a lot should remain there today. anyone from corpus christi to brownsville will have to deal with the wet weather and also our friends along the coast of liu. as far as the big picture goes, our storm system that brought us the severe storms yesterday hasn't moved much. today around minneapolis, chicago, the great lakes, it's going to be cool and almost
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middle of springish. temperatures will only be in the 60s in some cases. still warm here ahead of the storm system, and that will move through the mid-atlantic and into new england. yesterday boston, you got drenched. so far, so good, it's a dry start to your day. thunderstorms likely later this afternoon. right now storms heading outside of rochester. heading for syracuse in a half hour. court land down to binghamton. it looks like new york city should deal with this round of storms. severe weather-wise, areas in yellow, slight risk of severe storms. large hail, damaging winds were the worst of the storms. that will be up through west virginia, pennsylvania, and new york. so the forecast for today, if you're going to be traveling through the airports this afternoon and this evening, that's where we'll have the best chance of delays. typical summertime weather, hot and humid, and we'll get those storms. >> bill, thanks so much. a disappointing fed forecast. the final act in the winklevoss facebook feud. and, guys, how much would you spend for a good razor? probably not this much.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. here's the top stories making news this morning. after 16 years on the run, accuseded boston crime boss james "white "whitey" bulger ha arrested in california. the fbi caught the 81-year-old after launching a new publicity campaign to find him. bulger had been on the fbi's ten most wanted list for his alleged role in 19 murders. in arizona, a jury has found a self-help guru who led a sweat lodge ceremony that left three people dead guilty of negligent homicide. james arthur ray could face more than 11 years in prison. in a facebook posting,
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former alaska governor sarah palin says she's putting her one nation bus tour on hold because of jury duty. palin, who's hinted at a possible white house run, disputed online reports she had cancelled the tour. in washington the consumer products safety commission held its annual demonstration on the dangers of fireworks ahead of the fourth of july holiday. the cpse said last year more than 5,000 americans were hospitalized with fireworks related injuries. and a newlywed couple had a surprise guest at their wedding reception held in a 19th century wine vault. look closely there. they say a ghost showed up in one of their photos. locals claim the vault has a history of hauntings. very mysterious there. now here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,109 after falling 80 points yesterday. the s&p was down 8 points.
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the nasdaq dropped 18. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei dropped 32 points while in hong tongue the hang seng lost 100. the four-day rally on wall street came to a screeching halt after fed chief ben bernanke acknowledged the pace of the economic recovery is slower than expected. the central bank predicts the economy will grow by 2.7 to 2.9% this year, and that's a reduction from april's forecast. the fed also said that exceptionally low interest rates are not going anywhere for now. other gloomy economic news, the congressional budget office warns that the national debt is on pace to equal the annual size of the economy within a decade. despite the economic challenges, fedex reported a strong fourth quarter profit in part bypassing higher oil prices and costs on to customers through fuel surcharges. shares ended the day over 2.5%
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higher. after the bell, bed, bath, and beyond also got a list. it beat profit estimates. heading in the opposite direction, adobe systems off more than 6% because of a tepid growth forecast. today watch out for oracle, h&r block, and micron. they all report after the close. the winklevoss twins will not appeal the ruling against mark zuckerberg. they claim he stole their idea and for years have been trying to undo a $6 million deal they previously agreed to. now the twins have decided not to take their case to the supreme court. finally done with that. and you're not going to find this razor at your local drug store. that's because it costs $100,000. that's right. the company says it's made out of iridium, which is an extremely strong metal found in meteorites. if you want one, you've got to act quickly.
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>> good morning. the yankees have the highest payroll in baseball, but last night they were beat by a guy who makes the league minimum. chris heise with a solo shot in the first, a two-run homer in the fifth, and capped with off with a blast in the fifth. give that guy a raise. chris heise, three home runs against the yanks. reds won it 8-2. last week they lost when the pitcher balked, scoring the winning run. yesterday he made everything right. two down, sacks full. the a's brad zeigler hit justin turner with a pitch. that put in a run. the ball barely grazed turner, but the mets will take it. the use of replay is an ongoing discussion in baseball. last night it came in handy. the umpires went to the video after atlanta's brooks conrad appeared to hit a triple off the wall. upon further review, that's a home run. chalk one up for replay. they beat the blue jays 5-1. you knew there would be
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conversations about slugger albert pujols. lee threw a six-hitter for a shutout. going to be a tough week for the cards without pujols. phils won it 4-0. perry won the hart memorial trophy as the nhl's mvp. add another piece of hardware to tim thomas' trophy case. a week after winning the cup, he took home top goalie honors. finally, the u.s. soccer team punched their ticket to the gold cup final. landon donovan hooked up with dempsey in the only goal of the game winning 1-0. usa beats mexico in saturday's final. now for another quick look at the weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with your weather channel forecast. bill, good morning once again. >> good morning, lynn. very warm, muggy air around our nation's capital. 79 degrees to start your morning. that's very, very warm. 75 in philadelphia. so you get the idea. we're in a summertime humid air mass.
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thunderstorms roll through numerous areas yesterday in the mid-atlantic and northeast. we'll do it again today. right now it's pretty dry. most of the showers back here in central p.a. and rolling through central new york. the big cities will have a dry morning commute. same can't be promised for later. strong storms with damaging wind and hail. i don't think we have to deal with any tornadoes, but bring your umbrella with you in case you get caught in one of those downpours later on today. tomorrow nothing really changes. our weather pattern is stuck in place until the weekend. friday going to feature more showers and thunderstorms. it's only going to be a half hour in the day when you have to deal with them. the rest of the day should be just fine. rest of the country, southeast still stormy, but we're dry today in texas, and the heat will return this weekend. coming up, one of hollywood's former eligible bachelors is eligible again. plus spider-man star toby maguire gets caught up in a web of lawsuits. [music playing]
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will welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. last night on "late night with jimmy fallon," jimmy looked back to president obama's visit. >> president obama will be at a fund-raiser for the broadway musical "sister act." meanwhile, sarah palin will be in town to do some hunting at "the lion king." a man was nearly arrested after police caught him accidentally buying real grass instead of marijuana. he got away with it, yeah. which means that somewhere
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there's a bunch of farm animals having the time of their lives right now. how weird is it that i say oink? isn't that like this? it's not even a word, right? isn't that weird? during a speech last week, texas governor rick perry accidentally referred to twitter as tweeter. perry apologized for the gaffe and asked everyone to friend him on headbook. so if you could do that, he'd appreciate it. >> tonight jimmy welcomes actress and singer selena gomez and comedy central's john benjamin. "late night with jimmy fallon," week nights at 12:35, 11:35 central time. time for your first look at entertainment news. it appears actor george clooney is back on the market once again. clooney and his bombshell italian girlfriend released a short statement saying they're no longer together. they have been dating since 2009. police in pennsylvania confirmed the blood alcohol level of jackass cast member
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ryan dunn was twice the legal limit at the time of the car wreck that killed him and a passenger earlier this week the. court records show spider-man star tobey maguire and other celebrities have been named in lawsuits seeking to claim more than $1 million, one during invitation only matches. it's being brought by victims of a ponzi schemer who allegedly used their money to pay off his gambling debts. finally, not again. actress lindsay lohan has been ordered back to court today so the judge can consider whether she violated probation while serving house arrest. tmz reports the mean girls star tested positive last week. lohan's publicist had no comment. you just have to shake your head. you knew this was coming. >> it's a different level of sad each time we go down this road. >> you wonder how long this has
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been going on. >> that's why addiction is a disease. the real news is that justin bieber is on the "today" show today. take note of that. >> you're just going to wander your way over there. warning, justin, run >> i'm lynn berry. president obama tells the country that the tide of war is receding. with his announcement last night that the 33,000 surge troops will be home from afghanistan by next year. the question is did the president successfully position himself last night as the man who is ending george busch's wars and bringing the troops home? the president, as you can imagi imagine, left them running for the exits in afghanistan and leaving the generals with an impossible job. question is will the remaining 68,000 troops still pull up stakes and leave in 2014 to complete the withdrawal. and after 16 years the fbi tracks down

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